Derek has been leading special interest safaris throughout southern Africa for nearly 30 years. His wide range of wildlife interests includes bird and mammal behavior and communication. Originally based in Harare, Zimbabwe the initial focus was on birding safaris to remote destinations to show guests some of the countries unusual species, then expanding to other activities such as elephant behavior safaris in Hwange National Park, and searching for rhinos and wild dogs in the Save Valley Conservancy in the east of the country. Other safari destinations included Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa.
In 2003 he and his wife Sarah moved to the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia where he worked as a specialist guide for The Bushcamp Company. During this period he also led safaris in South Africa, Botswana and Zambia for National Geographic Expeditions.
2008 saw Derek and Sarah relocating to South Africa where they now live in Raptor’s View, a small wildlife estate on the edge of Hoedspruit, a little town in the heart of South Africa’s bushveld, only a short distance from the Kruger National Park. Derek still continues to lead select safaris for private individuals or groups to prime destinations in the southern African region.
Derek’s main interests are wildlife sound recording, photography and animal behavior. He has published several books on bird identification and distribution as well as ‘Animals in Action’ – a guide to the behavior of the mammals of South Luangwa National Park. Together with his wife Sarah and several colleagues, he is now using his extensive collection of sound recordings and photographs to publish a series of digital books and apps, the first one being ‘Wild about Kruger’, a detailed app on the National Park that includes all of the facilities as well as the wildlife. ‘Birding Zimbabwe’ is another digital publication recently released on both Apple and Android systems.
He is currently working on a Zambian bird app as well as a series of e-books on southern African wildlife.